The Heritage Festival, which got kick-started on January 7, 2014 concluded today. Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza; Tourism Minister, Dilip Parulekar and Chairman GTDC, Nilesh Cabral inaugurated the three-day extravaganza at Football ground, Saligao. The inaugural witnessed over 4,000 visitors attending the event, according to a statement issued by GTDC said.
The festival showcased the state’s rich and unique heritage through stall displays for things intrinsic to Goa: Goan sausages, cashew feni, wood craft, coconut shell craft, crochet and needle work, terracotta, hand-painted tiles, Loka Daij and heritage photo gallery.
Parulekar said: “Every Goan should be proud of their heritage and culture. We are happy to organise the 2nd Annual Heritage festival near the beautiful Mae de Deus church which is a 125 year old heritage structure. We hope that all tourists witness this festival and enjoy Goa’s rich heritage”.
Tourists also got a chance to watch the Divli-naach, Mando, Goff dance, Ganesh Vandana, tarang and the various stalls at the venue. The Department of Tourism plans to make this event an annual property and expand it to include many more local artists and Goan culture to give tourists a wholesome taste of Goa. There were lots in store for visitors as the festival concluded today, which witnessed the Goan Konkani natak, Dhangarnrutya, Zemado, dasarwadan dance and a musical evening by Sonia Sirsat and troupe.